Europa League: Arsenal vs Benfica preview, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Europa League: Arsenal vs Benfica preview, prediction and tips
February 24
Football

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Arsenal and Benfica will face off in Athens in the second leg of the Europa League last-32 round on Thursday. The kick-off is at 18:55 CET.

Preview

The Gunners and the Eagles ended their previous head-to-head meeting in the first leg clash in a 1-1 battling draw with Bukayo Saka cancelling Pizzi's opener in Rome last week. As well as last Thursday's fixture, the return clash has been moved from London to Greece due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Mikel Arteta's side suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Man City since then while Jorge Jesus's men extended their streak without a win across all competitions to three games over the weekend as they drew Farense 0-0 on Sunday.

Rob Holding is the only confirmed absentee in Arsenal's squad after sustaining a concussion against the Cityzens.

Jorge Jesus, in turn, has a fully fit team at his disposal for the forthcoming encounter.

Prediction

While Benfica are likely to qualify for next term's Champions League after finishing in the top 3 in the domestic league, Arsenal have all but lost any chance of finishing in the PL top 4. As the Europa League win is the only possible way for the Gunners to play in the CL next season, we'd give a slight advantage to the North London club in this clash that promises to be a quite entertaining one.

Tip

Arsenal to win or draw and both teams to score at 2.09 with 1XBET.


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